My travel route took me from Seattle to Washington, D.C. (I spent a night near the Washington Dulles International Airport), then to Frankfurt (I spent a whole day in Frankfurt), after which I headed to Johannesburg. Luckily, all of the flights were on time, were comfortable, and I got plenty of rest during the travels.
Monday: I woke up quite early (about 3 AM, thanks to the jetlag) and then completed the preparations for my course. I had a wonderful breakfast prepared by the staff at the Melville Manor House and then headed to WITS. I spent the entire day teaching my class (9 AM- 4 PM). I have 14 wonderful honors students in the class and the discussions were lively and highly engaging. We discussed among other issues: the role of IT in shaping business strategy, the fallacy of IT-business alignment, the impact of technology on change management programs, the role of IT in developing economies, and even the future of IT and its impact on corporate strategy. Besides teaching my class, I did get set-up in my office, which is a comfortable working environment, with two windows. I did some exploring of the WITS campus during my lunch break – first reactions, it is a nice campus and the atmosphere is lively and friendly. I got back to my room around 5 PM and then headed out for a quick dinner bite… before heading to sleep.